Since the start of the pandemic more than two years ago patients have experienced a range of different symptoms. Most of us are aware of the typical cough and loss of taste and smell, although there are several other lesser known signs. And there are even symptoms that are more common among those who are vaccinated against Covid.
Although it is well documented that the COVID-19 jab does not prevent you from catching the disease entirely, it is still the best way to lessen the effects of symptoms and lower your risk of hospitalisation.
According to the ZOE Health Study “many” people are becoming infected with a certain strain of Covid even after a booster jab.
It says: “While our app data and many other studies show that vaccines and boosters are safe and highly effective at reducing severe symptoms, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, you can still catch and spread the virus after being vaccinated.
“And we’ve already heard reports on the ZOE app that many people have been infected with the Omicron variant even after being boosted.”
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The study has been able to highlight the most common symptoms people experience depending on how many vaccines they have.
“Generally, we saw similar symptoms of COVID-19 being reported overall in the app by people who had and hadn’t been vaccinated,” ZOE Health says.
“However, fewer symptoms were reported over a shorter period of time by those who had already had a jab, suggesting that they were falling less seriously ill and getting better more quickly.”
Currently the most common Covid symptoms reported, in order, after two vaccinations are:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Blocked nose
- Persistent cough
Loss of smell, fever and shortness of breath are now ranked lower for the double jabbed – at number six, eight and 29 respectively.
ZOE Health says: “Curiously, we noticed that people who had been vaccinated and then tested positive for COVID-19 were more likely to report sneezing as a symptom compared with those without a jab.
“If you’ve been vaccinated and start sneezing a lot without an explanation, you should get a Covid test, especially if you are living or working around people who are at greater risk from the disease.”
The ranking differs slightly for those who have only had one vaccine.
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As of September 11 this year a total of 53,813,491 people across the UK had had at least one Covid vaccination.
A total of 50,762,968 have had a least two, and 40,373,987 have had a booster or third dose.
The NHS lists symptoms of Covid as:
- A high temperature or shivering (chills)
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling tired or exhausted
- An aching body
- A headache
- A sore throat
- A blocked or runny nose
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling sick or being sick.
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